Missouri lawmaker tackles consumer rights while flying

Posted at 7:26 AM, May 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-04 08:26:08-04

It's time for answers when it comes to your rights while flying.

A Missouri lawmaker is holding a hearing today in response to a United Airline passenger being tossed from his seat so airline crew members could fly.

Roy Blunt is meeting with airline industry officials to talk about the state of airline travel. Blunt is the chair person for the Commerce Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security.

Among others, Blunt will talk with the president of United Airlines, Chicago Department of Transportation and a union for airline workers.

41 Action News talked with some travelers at KCI Thursday, here's what they say is most important to them.

"When you buy a ticket it counts and you don't get kicked out," explained Fabio Rodriguez, who was flying to Los Angeles.

However, the United incident would not deter KCI passengers from flying with the airline.

"I'd never ran into any circumstances like that so I don't think about those things. I'm looking more at the cost, flight times, efficiencies. Just because it hasn't ever affected me," explained Mindy Roth, Who is flying with her husband to Seattle.

United Airlines has said it made policy changes since the incident.

Thursday's hearing is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. in Washington D.C.